A weekly roundtable discussion on travel news and the travel industry with leading travel writers, bloggers, and podcasters.
Mary Jo Manzanares - Travel to Seattle
1:05:45Mary Jo Manzanares is a lifelong resident of Washington State and has spent decades exploring its highways and byways. She spent 32 years as a flight attendant, eagerly sharing tips and recommendations about Seattle to inquiring passengers. Mary Jo is a frequent speaker at travel industry events, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and writes about her beloved Washington State at www.discoveringwashingtonstate.com and about her general travels at www.travelingwithmj.com. She is the author of the new book author of Secret Seattle: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.
Hjörtur Smárason - Greenland and the Future
1:05:25Hjörtur Smárason is the CEO of Visit Greenland. He is a contributor to the new book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon. Hjörtur Smárason talks about how Greenland tourism was affected by Covid. No tourism for a year and a half. No cruise ships have been allowed in the country, and that eliminated half the tourism. They will be allowed to resume next year. He continues to tell us about the expected infrastructure growth over the coming 3-4 years and destination differences between North Greenland and South Greenland. Next, we talked about the future of tourism post-Covid and sustainability. He sees an increased demand for rural travel and experiencing peacefulness. We got off on an enthusiastic tangent about the intersection of new tech and travel and the quality of the tourist vs. the number of tourists. Greenland is for adventure travelers. Some of the activities are seeing the "Titanic killers" - sizable icebergs, dogsledding, photo tours, hiking, cross country skiing, standing on the snow that touches the North Pole, seeing the Milky Way, Northern Lights. We conclude with a peek into the future of travel and the fascinating chapters of his new thought-provoking book available on Amazon. Travel tips of the week: Gary – USB-C charger Jen – "Hey, Disney" with Walt Disney World voice assistant on the Amazon Echo Hjörtur – Dogsledding in Greenland with the locals, Inuit hunter. Enjoy the Northern Lights above you.
Chantal Patton - Growing Up Without Borders
1:02:27SPECIAL GUESTS: Chantal and Chloe Patton We are a Canadian family of 5 who travels the world, visiting 100 countries since 2013. We're documenting our travels to share with everyone on our Youtube channel called Growing Up Without Borders and would love to share our story about our journey, how we're managing to find places to stay, and all the fun experiences we've had. At the moment, we've been in New Zealand since Covid, which has allowed us to fully discover each area of their country.
Mary Forgione - Outdoors in Southern California
43:43Mary Forgione covers outdoors and travel for the Los Angeles Times. She's also editor of The Wild, a newsletter that covers essential outdoor content for Southern Californians. She loves running, hiking, camping and backpacking, and doing anything outdoors -- and always looks for new ways to experience destinations in California and beyond. Mary also is a trained volunteer Sierra Club outings leader who leads free hikes open to all. She hikes to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous U.S., every year. She recently spearheaded the L.A. Times 24-page Hiking Guide, with 50 of the best SoCal hikes. latimes.com/hiking. Sign up for THE WILD: https://www.latimes.com/newsletters/the-wild Destination Tips: Gary – Castle Mountains National Monument Jen – Walla Walla Hiking in Oregon, https://www.wallawalla.org/hiking/ Mary – Amboy Crater Hike, late fall or winter in Mojave Travel tips of the week: Gary – The Brave Browser for blocking ads, third-party cookies. It brings in your history and extensions from Chrome. More secure and less server issues. Jen – ENO hammock at REI https://www.rei.com/product/875843/eno-pacific-crest-trail-association-doublenest-hammock Mary – Two apps that people should download - All Trails and Gaia GPS. https://www.alltrails.com/
John Argento - RVing in Europe
51:38John Argento is an avid traveler who has been exploring the world for the last 35 years. Originally from Canada, John has traveled to nearly 90 countries to date, visited hundreds of cities, towns, and villages around the globe, and currently resides in Amsterdam. He has previously lived in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Montreal & Lausanne and was the host & producer of the short-lived podcast, The Travel Broadcast. He is now developing a travel concierge business, offering customized tours to European destinations. John talks about a five-week RV trip through Europe during the pandemic. He raves about Spain. Salamanca. Malaga. San Sebastián. Some of the apps he used on his trip were ReopenEU and Camper Contact. Destination Tips: Gary – Drive over the Viaduc in France Jen – Cadaqués in the Girona, Spain. Costa Brava. Steven - South of France - Cassis, a small fishing village west of St. Tropez Travel tips of the week: Gary – Tip podcasters in Bitcoin - The Breeze app, Sphinx chat Jen – A country-by-country guide to travel restrictions for Americans in Europe John – Book - Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves CLAIM=3c4c94446fd430b4195825f491166d6318531484=CLAIM
Steven Shalowitz - Traveling to China and Israel
1:00:45Steven is the Host of "The One Way Ticket Show" podcast, where he explores with his acclaimed guests where they would go if given a one-way ticket, no coming back. Their destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary, or state of mind. He also chats with his guests about their lives and work. Steven is also the Host of the "IsraelCast" podcast. He speaks with experts about their work in Israel in high tech, medicine, agriculture, water management, the culinary & visual arts, and more. Born and raised in Chicago, Steven worked for Young & Rubicam Advertising in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, and New York City. While producing and hosting a radio show in Singapore, he conceived the idea for "The One Way Ticket Show," which he launched as a podcast after moving to New York. An exhibited photographer with a penchant for travel to rogue nations, Steven's adventures have taken him to nearly 70 countries, including North Korea, Libya, Iran, Burundi, Sudan, Syria, Burkina Faso, and Saudi Arabia. Steven earned his B.A. (Honors) in Chinese Language & Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
Dave Seminara - The World's Most Extreme Travelers
45:29Dave Seminara is a writer and former diplomat based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the author of four books. Mad Travelers: A Tale of Wanderlust, Greed and the Quest to Reach the Ends of the Earth (June 1, 2021) is a deep exploration of wanderlust, focused around the true story of William Baekeland, a young Brit who conned many of the world’s most traveled people as they sought to reach the planet’s most remote and off-limits places.
Fran Golden - 100 Things to Do in Alaska
53:05Fran Golden is an award-winning travel writer whose work regularly appears in Bloomberg, Travel + Leisure magazine, and other leading media outlets. She is the author of numerous cruise and travel books, including “100 Things To Do In Alaska Before You Die” (Reedy Press, 2021). The Alaska book is available at leading booksellers, or order an autographed copy at 100ThingsAlaska.com
Maureen O'Hare - CNN Travel Writer
47:25This week's guest is Maureen O'Hare. She is is a Northern Irish senior digital producer for CNN Travel, based at the London bureau. She's written about news, travel, lifestyle, and entertainment for some of the world's leading media organizations. DESTINATION TIPS Gary: National Parks see record levels of travel. One of my favorite and often overlooked is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Western North Dakota. You can see Bison, wild horses, mule deer. Jen: The Sky Pool in London. 115 in the air. https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/architecture-design/embassy-gardens-sky-pool-london#:~:text=A%20new%20see%2Dthrough%20pool,use%20community%20from%20EcoWorld%20 Dominical, Costa Rica. Jungle meets the beach with wifi, surf lessons, craft beer, activities, etc. Maureen: Destinations that have working visas. One that appeals to me is Georgia, between the Black Sea and the Caucasus. 'Remotely from Georgia' opportunity. Open to foreigners from 95 countries. You can live and work there without a visa if they stay for at least 180 days. https://georgia.travel/en_US/article/remotely-from-georgia Travel tips of the week: Gary – Apple AirPods Pro. Noise-canceling and also transparent mode. You can wear them in the car and hear background noise. Great safety feature. Excellent battery life. I always travel with my AirPods, and this is the new thing to be in my pocket. Jen – RemoteYear.com An end-to-end platform for individuals and businesses to live, work and travel together in the most inspiring locations on the planet. "KEEP YOUR JOB. SEE THE WORLD. LEAVE THE PLANNING TO US." Maureen - Crowdfunding campaign for CityMapper app. Great for getting around London. Door-to-door journeys around the city. https://citymapper.com/
Madeline Jhawar - Post Pandemic Travel to South Africa
52:40SPECIAL GUEST: Madeline Jhawar Madeline Jhawar is an Italy destination expert with a vision. 11 years ago, she set up an online business creating custom Italy vacations for independent travelers that broke all the rules and charged fees instead of commissions. This allowed her to create truly customized trips without worrying about whether the bucket-list destinations she chose also had a commission schedule. Her business has grown significantly since she started, to the point where she hired her first assistant in 2014 and two more in 2018. Her goal is to make graduates of TBO's courses even more successful than she has been. https://www.travelbeyondtheobvious.com/